BOOK REVIEW: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2

Genre: Young Adult

Published: June 1st 2014 by Usborne Publishing (first published September 28th 2011)

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★

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“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”



Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.


3 of 5 stars to Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


The difficult part about writing a series is to follow it up with books that are equally brilliant, if not more, as the first one especially if it will feature different characters for each new installment. The problem here is that, Anna and the French Kiss was such a great experience for me that reading Lola right after it just felt, bland… and amiss. We were supposed to love the quirky habits of both the characters but I find that I couldn’t do that. Lola’s wigs bothered me enough to deny it a star and another star for the fact that I didn’t enjoy it as much as Anna and the French Kiss. Truth be told, I was more excited reading about what Anna and Etienne are doing at the theater booth when they are working with Lola than the story itself. I love the boy next door though whose name I have forgotten  his name is Cricket and he is quite adorable. I don’t know but you should still give this a try. After all, people have varying preferences and what wasn’t great for me might be amazing to your tastes.

(Read my review of the first book, Anna and the French Kiss here.)


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